by G. Brown
The 75th Annual Golden Globes delivered some truly historic and unforgettable moments…
- Sterling K. Brown History Maker The “This Is Us” actor became the first African American male to take home the Best Actor in a Drama TV award for his role on NBC’s “This Is Us”.
- Black is the New Protest Color The flawless designs of Zac Posen, Brandon Maxwell, Miu Miu and Atelier Prabal Gurung were more than just fashion statements on this year’s red carpet. A-list actresses like Viola Davis, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross and Angelina Jolie along with countless others donned black attire in a show of solidarity with victims of Hollywood sexual predators. Their most precious accessory was a small black and white pin that read #TimesUp. The pins were the idea of actress Reese Witherspoon who commissioned a designer to create them.
- Oprah 2020? The protest in black wasn’t the only political charged memory of the globes and hardly the single even that created the most twitter buzz. That honor would go to the Queen of Talk Oprah Winfrey who was also honored with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award. But it was her acceptance speech that left others speechless. Winfrey said, “For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up.” Winfrey added, “a new day is on the horizon” and says she awaits the day “when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.” The rousing speech brought the venue to its feet in a standing ovation and has reverberated on with the hashtag #Oprah2020 that immediately picked up Twitter steam…
— TV One (@tvonetv) January 8, 2018
Why this massive #Oprah2020 moment?
Because Oprah is the antithesis of Trump: A well-spoken, incredibly smart & confident black woman, who energizes people not with hatred & anger, but with hope & vision. When we hear her speak, it reminds us of who we can be as a country.
— Like, Totally Stable Genius (@dvorakoelling) January 8, 2018
— Power 105.1 (@Power1051) January 8, 2018
Should celebrities run for President? Depends what you’re famous for.
Sex tape? No.
Fast ball? Probably not.
Spending decades uniting millions of Americans with your wisdom, grace and charm? Yeah, maybe give it a go. #Oprah2020
— Mayor Svante Myrick (@SvanteMyrick) January 8, 2018
— Lady Gaga (@gagamonster96) January 8, 2018
But for every 10 positive tweets supporting an Oprah bid for the White House, there was at least 1 hater throwing serious negativity at the veteran journalist. Some calling her a racist, a supporter of killing older people (I can’t…just can’t), some accused her of thinking the way to end racism is death…and others calling her an opportunist who made billions off of gullible viewers. Hey wait a minute—that sounds familiar. Actually it sounds like the complaints were describing another person who comes to mind which leads us to the most interesting tweet that pretty much is the sum of all White america’s fears behind Oprah 2020…
Oprah is thinking about running for president against ME in 2020?! Horrible candidate! TOTALLY UNQUALIFIED! Only popular because of LOW-RATED TV show, money and name! A US Presidant with NO EXPERIENCE will be a TOTAL DISASTER! #Oprah2020 #MondayMotivation #OprahWinfrey2020 pic.twitter.com/8peLM8NSbH
— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrFan) January 8, 2018
The fear of the GOP and far right is palatable. Oprah the candidate has the kind of broad appeal that could make her a serious contender. But the #Oprah2020 wasn’t her idea, it is the latest fantasy of desperate liberals who are like sharks swimming political waters looking for a succulent entré. Oprah hasn’t really announced any interest. Could she win? Probably. Should she run? I kinda think not. After the daily berating of the first African American to hold the office, the constant lies about him and his family, the racism that it revealed, who would want to subject another Black candidate to that? Oprah may be America’s sweetheart, but watching the systematic flogging of another Black candidate is more than some of us want to witness again.
What do you think…should Oprah run in 2020? Could she win?